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Walk the petroglyph trail in the summer twilight

May 26, 2011

What’s to do on a summer evening in the Valley of the Sun?

Take a short walk and see some ancient petroglyphs. Arizona State University’s Deer Valley Rock Art Center will offer twilight tours from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., on six Saturdays this summer: June 11, June 25, July 9, July 23, Aug. 6 and Aug. 20.

DRVAC educators will lead the easy trail walks, discussing petroglyphs, archaeology, Native American cultures and desert plants and animals.

Admission is $6.50 for adults, $3.50 for seniors and $2.50 for children 12 and younger. Reservations are required. Deer Valley Rock Art Center is located at 3711 W. Deer Valley Road, Phoenix. To book a tour or for more information, call (623) 582-8007.

Deer Valley Rock Art Center has the largest concentration of Native American petroglyphs in the Phoenix Valley. Visitors hike a quarter-mile trail to view more than 1,500 petroglyphs made between 500 and 7,000 years ago. The museum aims to promote preservation, connection and respect for the site and us a destination for families to learn about archaeology in their own backyard. The center is managed by one of the top archaeology programs in the country – the School of Human Evolution and Social Change, in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University.

Summer hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. More information is available at